What happens when a team makes a big mistake with a ticket?
SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— It was the kind of game that can only happen in a stadium.
It was also a game in which the 49ers’ defense was so bad that it was nearly impossible to find a good defensive play.
San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman broke the news after San Francisco’s 41-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
The 49ers (4-4) trailed 31-7 after the Chargers’ Aaron Donald left the game with a knee injury.
San Diego coach Mike McCoy said he would have liked to have kept Donald on the field and kept the game close.
“I think you can go ahead and take a look at our defense,” McCoy said.
“We’re not playing good football.
We’ve got to play better.”
Bowman was the first to report to the locker room after the game.
“It’s a hard game to win when you have the ball and you’re getting blown out,” Bowman said.
He added: “We need to stay focused.
We’re getting beat.”
The 49er defense gave up a total of 21 points in the second half, but was able to make a big play on a 49ers touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter.
Bowman got pressure on quarterback Alex Smith and intercepted the pass before it was completed.
Smith then returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, tying the score at 31.
The Chargers (5-4), meanwhile, had three sacks and two interceptions, the latter by linebacker Danny Trevathan.
San Franciscans’ offense, meanwhile, couldn’t muster a touchdown drive after they had only four points in one quarter.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for San Francisco.
“That’s just not a good day to be on the losing side,” cornerback Jeremy Lane said.
The Raiders (4.5-3) lost their third straight game, their second in three days.
It also ended their three-match winning streak.
The game was decided when linebacker Sean Smith’s fourth-quarter interception was recovered by cornerback Jason Verrett, who returned it 28 yards for the score.
It capped a 2-yard scoring run by cornerback Charles Woodson, who made a diving interception to seal the victory.
“What I thought we did a little bit better today, but it’s not a win,” Woodson said.
Rookie receiver Chris Harper added 13 catches for 151 yards, and linebacker Justin Tuck added nine for 107 yards. “
But it’s a very competitive team, and we’re not going to let that get to us.”
Rookie receiver Chris Harper added 13 catches for 151 yards, and linebacker Justin Tuck added nine for 107 yards.
The victory kept the Raiders within striking distance of their third consecutive win over San Francisco and moved them within three points of a playoff spot.
The Rams lost to the Bills in Week 1.
The last time the 49er-Raiders rivalry ended was in the 2012 season opener, when they defeated the Raiders, 23-20.